History

Canford Heath Baptist Church began in 1992 as a plant from Longfleet Baptist Church which was then under the pastorate of Rev’d Brian Gill.  Meeting initially at the Scout Hall off Sherborne Crescent, the plant started with 20 adults and 15 children.  In 1997 John Taylor started to work with the fledgling church whilst training at Moorlands College.  In 1998, John became assistant pastor at Longfleet BC with special responsibility for Canford Heath BC.  

In 2001, the church moved premises and began a joint sharing agreement with the local Anglican Church, St Paul’s.  In 2003, the church became independent of Longfleet Baptist church, joined the Baptist Union and appointed John Taylor as its first full time minister.  John served faithfully until being called on in 2007. 

In September 2008 the church appointed Ben and Emma (Ez) Lucas as ministers at Canford Heath.  Ben brought a heart for mission and for those who are most vulnerable in society.  Ez, brought a passion for young people and worked closely with the church's part time youth worker, Hayley Hills.  During this time the church sent ten people to Kolkata, India for an inspirational mission trip.  At the beginning of 2012, Ben & Emma were called on and we entered a period of pastoral vacancy.

Rev’d Nigel Ford was inducted in November 2014.  Val Ford completed her training as a Nationally Recognised Baptist Lay Pastor and was appointed as Associate Minister at a Special Church Meeting in November 2015.   

In June 2017, the church moved to Canford Heath Community Centre in order to better serve its mission to the community. In October 2017, a new venture “Canford Heath Hub” began.  Initial services included a food bank and budget coaching.  Canford Heath Hub now operates from the local library which is directly opposite the Community Centre.



Find us

Canford Heath Community Centre,
7 Mitchell Road, Canford Heath, Poole BH17 8UE.

Email us

01202 684161